DGCA, the aviation regulator of India on Tuesday (March 30) approved 18,843 flights per week from 108 airports for the summer schedule 2021, which begins on 28th March and ends on 31st October.
Out of these 108 airports, Bareilly, Bilaspur, Kurnool, and Rupasi are the new airports proposed by the scheduled airlines.
It must be noted that the number of flights for this year’s summer schedule has been approved keeping in mind that airlines are permitted to operate not more than 80 percent of their pre-COVID flights.
As per the updates share by DGCA, low-cost carrier IndiGo will operate a maximum of 8,749 weekly flights while SpiceJet’s 2,854 have been approved for the summer schedule. Moreover, GoAir’s 1,747 flights, Air India’s 1,683, Vistara’s 1,288, and AirAsia India’s 1,243 have also been approved.
Below is the airline wise breakup of departures per-week which includes RCS flights.
|S. No.||Airline||Departures as per |
per-week SS 21 80% of SS2020
It is important to mention that India has resumed domestic passenger flight operations on May 25 last year, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
At that time, airlines were permitted to operate a maximum of 33 percent of their pre-COVID flights. This was gradually increased to 80 percent.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has also issued a circular and asked for enhanced surveillance on COVID-19 protocols at the Airports.
The DGCA has said that during the surveillance of some airports, the compliance towards COVID-19 protocols was not found satisfactory.